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Short Manaslu Circuit Trek

Short Manaslu Circuit Trek

Overview

Trip Fact

Trip Name:

Short Manaslu Circuit Trek

Best Month:

Sep - Nov & Mar - May

Max Elevation:

5160m

Walking hours Per Day:

5 - 8 Hours

Trip Duration:

10/12

Trip Grade:

Moderate to Challenging

Meals:

BLD

Accommodation:

Hotel / Lodge

Group Size:

2+

Destination:

Nepal

The Short Manaslu Circuit Trek is a condensed version of the classic Manaslu Circuit Trek, allowing trekkers to experience the highlights of the Manaslu region in a shorter duration.
 
While the traditional Manaslu Circuit Trek typically takes around 14 to 18 days to complete, the Short Manaslu Circuit Trek covers a shorter route, usually completed in about 10 to 12 days. It makes a budget Manaslu Circuit Trek.

The Short Manaslu Circuit Trek is an attractive and best trekking route in Manaslu Region of Nepal, which offers spectacular mountain views including the eighth-highest mountain in the world (Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m), diverse landscapes, remote villages, high mountain pass, and chance to observe the unique cultural experience.

The Short Manaslu Circuit Trek, one of the best Tea-house Trekking routes in the Manaslu Region of Nepal, is specially designed for those having prior trekking as well as exploring experiences in the stunning Himalayan areas within a short time frame. This trek is also an alternative route to the Annapurna Circuit Trek.

The trek circles the Manaslu Mountain Range including Mt. Manaslu (8156m), the 8th highest peak in the world. The Manaslu Circuit trail is less crowded but its popularity is increasing day by day. Individual trekkers are not permitted to cross through this region due to the remoteness and restrictions of this route, yet many trekkers are interested in doing this trek after having previous trekking experiences in Nepal. Nature, culture, and animals are the focus of the Short Manaslu Circuit trekking path.

So, in addition to passing through a lovely local hamlet with the beauty of changing topology, rivers, vegetation, waterfalls, large hills, and mountains, you will see rare natural scenery and typical indigenous lifestyles with their culture and traditions. 

This 13-day Short Manaslu Circuit Trek begins from Soti Khola after a 7-8 hours drive from Kathmandu and gets to Larkya la pass. Short Manaslu Circuit Trek can be a little tough for beginners due to the sudden appearance of high altitude Larkya La Pass (5160 m) from low altitude Soti Khola (700 m). Accordingly, this trek is mainly recommended to those having other trekking experiences in Nepal.

In general, the Manaslu Circuit Trek can be done in 10 days to 15 days, but as this is a rapid Manaslu trip, High Pass Adventure recommends 10 days due to the road access beginning of the trek and after the trek. But you need to walk every day for 6 to 7 hours on average to be fit mentally and physically. We (High Pass Adventure Pvt. Ltd.) organize your Manaslu Short Trekking with expert local guides and porters according to your holiday schedule.

Short Manaslu Circuit Trek Highlights:

  • See the wonderful Budi Gandaki and Marsyangdi River
  • Stunning panoramic Mountain Views of Mt. Manaslu range, Mt. Ganesh Himal Range, and Mt. Annapurna Range
  • Cross the adventure Larkya La Pass (5160 m)
  • Observe the old Buddhist Monasteries in a few villages
  • See the beautiful Wildlife (Wild goats, Blew Sheep. Pika, Marmot, deer Etc)
  • Explore the old local Village ( Namrung, Sho, Lho, Samagaun, and Samdo) with their culture and lifestyle
  • Enjoy perfect Nature and Culture

Why Choose the Short Manaslu Circuit Trek? 

Choosing the Short Manaslu Circuit Trek offers several benefits such as will help you save time and money on permit fees, transportation, guide/porter services, and accommodation, making it a more budget-friendly choice for trekkers looking to explore the stunning Manaslu region of Nepal. 

that’s why the Short Manaslu Circuit trek is especially referring to those who have previous trekking experience as well as explore the beautiful Himalayan area within a short time frame and low budget. 

The Short Manaslu Circuit Trek is shorter in duration compared to the classic circuit, making it a great option for trekkers with limited time. The trek typically takes around 10-12 days to complete, allowing you to experience the beauty of the Manaslu region without committing to a longer trek.

There's still an opportunity to observe the unique mountain vistas, wonderful landscapes, rivers, streams, beautiful terraced rice fields, green forests, wildlife, local villages with their lifestyles and religions, popular old monasteries, glaciers, and glacial lakes during the short Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Why short Manaslu Circuit Trek with us? 

Choosing High Pass Adventure Trekking agency for your Short Manaslu Circuit trekking experience ensures a memorable and fulfilling adventure with expert guidance, personalized service, and a focus on safety and sustainability. 

Professional Guidance: High Pass Adventure treks will provide experienced guides and staff who are knowledgeable about the region, its culture, and the trekking routes. This expertise will enhance the overall experience, providing valuable insights and ensuring safety throughout the journey.

Safety Measures: High Pass Adventure likely prioritizes safety, providing proper equipment, trained guides, strong porter and emergency protocols to ensure trekkers' well-being during the challenging trek.

Eco-friendly Practices: High Pass Adventure will focus on eco-friendly practices to minimize the impact on the environment. This is including waste management, responsible camping, and supporting local conservation efforts.

Quality Services: High Pass Adventure offer quality services, including comfortable accommodations, nutritious meals, and reliable transportation arrangements, ensuring trekkers to focus on enjoying the journey without worrying about logistical challenges.

Positive Reviews and Reputation: Positive reviews and a good reputation in the trekking community is indicating that High Pass Adventure has consistently delivered memorable experiences for its clients, making it a reliable choice for the Short Manaslu Circuit Trek to all client.

Supporting Local Communities: Trekking with High Pass Adventure will involve initiatives to support local communities along the route, such as staying in locally owned teahouses, hiring local guides and porters, and contributing to community development projects.

Short Manaslu Circuit Trek Altitude Profile

Itinerary Expand All Close All

After Breakfast in the Kathmandu hotel, we leave to Arughat- Sotikhola  from Kathmandu, about 8/9 hours by bus or a private jeep through the beautiful landscape and bumpy road on last 2 hours. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
715

The trek starts to Khorlabesi through khorsane settlement, Saal forest and Machhakhola. Trekking trail is very easy to continuing follow the new constructed road along the riverside.  You will walk and enjoy with pleasant views of the surrounding jungle, occasional waterfalls and suspension bridge adding their best hike.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1080

Trekking trail lead to Jugat through Tatopani, Dovan, Bklebhatti, Yaruphat and lower Jagat. Where is you will see small natural hot spring at Tatopani and cross the few bridge of Budi Gandaki River and observe the local people culture and lifestyle. Jagat is entry point of the Manaslu Conservation area and on to the scenic village of Jagat and its rugged setting and narrow paved lanes.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1400

Our trekking day starts by walking through subtropical rainforest and a series of small local village such as Salleri, Philim and Eklebhatti. These villages are beautiful setting with terraced field. ,you will chance to see big Sringi Mountain before get Philim Village and crossing a  suspension bridges along the way. Furthermore, trail arrives at the junction of Tsum Valley and Larke La Trek and trail heading northwest to Deng through green bamboo forest. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House.
Elevation
1860

That day is will be perfect trekking day with first real views of the major mountains Sringi Himal, Ganesh Himal, Kutang Himal and other peaks. Also you will observe the real highland people’s culture and lifestyle and different landscape.  

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House.
Elevation
2630

From Namrung , the trekking trail bit climb up and passage green forest to Lihi village. That village is popular for its Chortens, Barley Terraces and apple farm. After cross that village we get Sho village and reach out the Lho Village. After our half-day hike to Lho, there is plenty of time left over to fully observe the gorgeous views of Manaslu, few snow peaks and visit Rebung Gompa on hillside of the Lho Village. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House.
Elevation
3175

After two hours hike up, you will cross the Shyala village through the pine forest and continue heading to reach the Sama village. Shyala village is place to see the spectacular vistas of Manaslu, north Manaslu, Himal Chuli, Nadi Chuli, Naike peak, Kutang Himal, and Pangbuche Himal. That day is quite short hike to get Sama Village and you will have enough time to visit Monasteries and Birendra Lake. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House.
Elevation
3550

When you get above 3,000 m height, you need to rest and acclimatize to the increasing altitudes. Main attraction of that days are Pungyen Gompa, Manaslu Base camp and short hike to Birendra Lake. You can decide with your guide about explore those area. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House.
Elevation
3550

That day is bit easy hike to Samdo Village but makes difficulty due to high altitude increase. Trekking trail follow the Budi Gandaki River through alpine forest to suspension bridge of that river. After cross the bridge, trail continue heading to Samdo. That day will be bit windy and can observe the some Himalayas view. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House.
Elevation
3860

We start our trip by crossing a suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki River and begin a hike up to north- west in Larke bazaar. There, used to be a successful market but nothing remains in nowadays.  That day is feeling difficulty due to feel less oxyzon because the trail heading steeply up and increases altitude to Larke Phedi through juniper forest.  This day is short walk to Larke Phedi and provides enough time and rest to acclimatize for the further trek

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
4460

This day is tough walk, though not strictly difficult trek over the Larkya pass at a spectacular 5160 m. From Larkya Phedi, cross glacial moraine and past frozen lakes as you make your way to the pass. It takes approximately 4/5 hours to get this pass but We walk slowly and listen to our body as we gain altitude some may feel nauseous or suffer from headaches. From here you can see unbelievable views of Himlung Himal (7,126 m), Cheo Himal (6,820 m), Gyaji Kung (7,030m), Kang Guru (6,981 m) and Annapurna II (7937 m). From the top trekking trail drop down to Bhimthang along a steeply gorge. This day is a longer walk than other days and you reach the guesthouse. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House.
Elevation
3880

After breakfast with enjoying the splendid views of the mountains, our way is descending towards a high pasture and gradually leaved behind the alpine climate through familiar pine and Rhododendron forest.  That day you can chance to see wild life and birds before reached Tilche village. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House.
Elevation
2300

We will leave beautiful Gurung village in Tilche and cross a suspension bridge over Dudh Khola then follow the lower valley to Dharapani. Dharapani is check point of the Manaslu circuit trek permits and Annapurna circuit trek permit. After checked our permit, we take a jeep or bus to Besishahar. That’s takes about 3/4 hours drive and spend there for last night of the trek in there. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House.
Elevation
760

We have breakfast there and drive along the banks of Marsyangdi and Trishuli River with witnessing the beautiful scenery of rice fields, terraced farms, valleys and refreshing views of the hilly areas and mountains. After 5 hours drive we reached Kathmandu where you will spend the last night in Nepal and complete your journey. 

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

What Is Included ?

High Pass Adventure have working best guide and porter for the trekking. We are providing an excellence service to our customer. All our costs are net and very clear on cost include-excludes. We have paid best salary to Trekking, Tour guide and porter which is more than government fixed amount. Our entire customers are satisfied from our service. For the more details please feel free to contact us.

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pick up & drops by private vehicle 
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing
  • Kathmandu-Arughat and Besisahar-Kathmandu (private/ public vehicle)
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch & Dinner) and one cup of tea with per meal
  • Accommodation on Tea-house during the trekking
  • 2 night's Hotel in Kathmandu and on Bed & Breakfast plan
  • An experience English Speaking trained, Government license Holder Guide
  • Necessary strong Porter 1: 2 (one porter for two Guest), the porter will Carry 20KG/ 25 KG
  • All applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulations
  • Special Manaslu Trekking Permits  
  • All trekking permits (ACAP, MCAP, TIMS)
  • First Aid medical kit, Oxymeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude
  • Guide and porter salary, Food, accommodation and insurance during the trek
  • Tour Certificate, Company T-shirt as a Souvenir
  • Farewell Dinner with Typical Nepali Restaurant

What Is Excluded?

  • Nepal visa fee and your International flights
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu 
  • Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu other than itinerary
  • Travel insurance and Mountain rescue service (covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation)
  • Personal expenses (phone, laundry, water, bar drinks, battery recharge, extra porters, hot shower etc.)
  • Trip Cancellation cost accident or Health, Loss Theft or Damage and personal effects
  • Tips to Trekking staff (Tips is expected)
  • Any other expenses that aren’t mentioned in the section above

Route Map

route map

FAQs

There are two best seasons for trekking to Manaslu Circuit Trek. These are the Autumn season (September to December) and Spring season (March to May). So, the best time to go on the short Manaslu Circuit Trek is during the spring and autumn. These both seasons offer unbelievable chances to experience the natural beauty, cultural richness and enjoyable weather. You can also do this trek throughout the whole year but you have to face some potential hazards such as landslides and avalanches during the summer and winter season. 

Saving time and money are the advantages to choose the Short Manaslu Circuit. It means, trekkers can explore Manaslu Circuit in a short time with limited budget. So, you have to choose this short Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary for those advantages. This is the shortest and most rapid trekking itinerary to visit the Manaslu Circuit. This trekking itinerary is carefully designed by our experienced trekking guide for those who have previous trekking experience and physical fitness to get 5106 meters within a short timeframe. 

Yes, you can choose your own departure date on your suitable holiday for Short Manaslu Circuit Camp Trek. We have also fixed the departure date to Short Manaslu Circuit Trek but that might not match on your holiday program.  So that,  we can help to create the suitable and best private itinerary on your own time frame.

Usually the classic Manaslu Circuit Trek starts from Arughat and ends at Besisahar but this Short Manaslu Circuit Trek starts from Sotikhola/Machhakhola  after a 2-3 hours drive from Arughat and ends at Dharapani. 

The cost of the Short Manaslu Circuit Trek depends on group size and your preference. The 12 nights 13 days trip from arrival and departure date to Short Annapurna Base Camp trekking package cost can range from USD $ 900 to 1500 per person. 

If you just want to hire a guide and porter for the Short Manaslu Circuit Trek, the cost is USD $30 and USD $25 per day for guide and porter. Normally the food, accommodations, salary and insurance is included

in that cost. But, the salary of guides and porters may be slightly less during the off-season ( winter and monsoon season).

It depends on your trekking package like you are doing full package trek or just hiring a guide through a trekking agency. So, if you are doing a full package trek with a trekking agency, you do not have to carry much cash but you do have to carry a few of cash for your personal expenses. We advise you to carry cash approximately USD $ 25 to $35 per day. It can cover your personal expenses such as Wi-Fi, drinking water, hot drinks, charging mobile phones and cameras and  hot showers in a few places during the Short Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Yes, you can pay by either credit card, bank transfer,  or cash.  We recommend you to pay in cash for the remaining trip balance because the payment by credit card charges you 4 % extra service charge by bank. 

No, you can not use your card payment during the trekking because there are no ATM facilities. So, we highly recommend you to withdraw some cash before departing for the journey from the city. 

If you want to cancel the trip and refund the advanced fund, these policies are very clear and simple. First, you have to send us an email about trip cancellation and then we process the cancellation of your hotel, transport and guide. About the refunds, 15% of the advance deposit that was your booking confirms the trip, it will be considered a cancellation fee. This fund will be difficult to resend back. If it is difficult to resend the fund from here, you can postpone the trip to a later date or recommend to others friends or family to use this fund. 

The duration of the Short Manaslu Circuit trek depends on your reference such as itinerary, trekking place, trekking route, extra days for acclimatization. Anyway, the most famous route from Kathmandu to Kathmandu takes 11 days to 14 days to complete the Short Manaslu Circuit Trek and needs 2 days extra for your arrival and departure from/to your home.

The walking distance depends on your fitness level, the terrain, elevations and destination. Normally the walking hours range is 5 to 9 hours a day during the Short Manaslu Circuit trek. 

The difficulty level of the Short Manaslu Circuit Trek is moderate but sometimes also challenging due to bad weather. The trekking trails are rocky and steps in the forest which makes it tough to walk in a few places.  Our guide manages the tea-house for accommodation, resting place of rest, slow walk, and short easy steps to complete the trip without any stress. 

Short Manaslu Circuit Trek does not require technical climbing skills, so you don’t need special training for this trek.  But, we highly recommend having good physical fitness and need preparation to easily complete the Short Manaslu Circuit trek such as Normal walking, day hiking, running, biking, jogging and swimming.  These practices are beneficial to preparing for trekking in the himalayas. 

Short Manaslu Circuit trek is very safe during the spring and autumn season with our experienced trekking guide. We (high pass adventure teams) guarantee clients safety and security by preparing necessary trekking gear to face any condition of risk. It is considered not safe during the summer and winter season because you have to face slippery and humid trails due to rainfall and snowfall.  High Pass Adventure will be always with you to assist all emergencies during the short Manaslu Circuit Trek. 

It is a pretty busy trail to the Manaslu Circuit Trek by internal and foreign trekkers during the  spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons.  But in the summer and winter seasons it is not a busy trail due to not good weather for the views and hikes. 

5106 meters high is the highest point of the Short Manaslu Trek. It is called the Larkey-La (5106 m) Passs. This pass is the mission of the Manaslu Circuit Trek and also the  best view point of surrounding mountains. 

The weather condition of Manaslu region is dependent on different seasons. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best weather conditions with milder temperatures for Short Manaslu Trekking. Summer (June to August) and winter (December to February) seasons are not recommended, but you can do the Manaslu Circuit trek with a professional guide and proper trekking gear . 

Yes, you need travel insurance for Nepal trekking because it is compulsory. You have to make sure that it should cover the highest elevation of your trek for the emergency evacuation. If you need to recommend travel insurance companies, please check out the recommended list of the travel insurance companies. 

Yes, the trekking insurance of the guides and porters are necessary during the trekking in Nepal. So all staff of High Pass Adventure have life insurance for trekking in Nepal.  Furthermore, the daily wage, Meals, accommodation, insurance and required equipment cost are also included in your total cost. 

The places in the mountains region are always cold at night no matter which season or what time. The temperatures vary depending on the season and altitude but will be perfect temperature for trekking during the day time.  
So, It is recommended to bring suitable warm clothing, including thermal layers, a down jacket, a hat, gloves, and good quality trekking boots to stay warm and comfortable during the Manaslu Circuit  trek.


 

Yes, we provide you refundable trekking gear such as walking poles, sleeping bags and down jackets. Rest of the equipment you have to manage yourself. 

Yes, you can buy or hire all the trekking gears in Kathmandu. There are many shops and offers the best price for trekking gear to sell or rent. We can assist to show the best shopping center to buy or rent the trekking and climbing gear in Thamel.  

There are tea houses and lodges available for accommodation with basic twin sharing rooms during the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The room may have a basic bed with mattress, bed-sheet, blanket and pillow. We recommend to trekkers that you should bring a sleeping bag for warmth and comfort especially at higher altitude. Toilet and bathroom (shower) are the limit in the teahouses, so we have to share with other groups.
The teahouses usually offer a variety of local and international dishes but options will be limited compared with cities.  You may get local dishes such as chapati, rice (Dal Bhat), potato item, tsampa porridge, Tibetan bread, Sherpa stew, Momo (dumplings), Tenduk, noodles, thukpa and a few other foods.  They also offer the western food such as Pizza, roast, pasta and burger during the short Manaslu Circuit Trek. 


 

The internet service is available at all tea houses along the way to Manaslu Circuit Trek but you have to pay extra fees. We advise you to not expect internet access for communication during the trek because the internet does not work well and fast.  There are also mobile phone network services along the Manaslu Circuit route but not a strong network connection to the whole area to use the data. Our guide helps you to communicate with your family, friends or colleagues. 

Yes, you can charge all your electronics devices in a lodge but you also have to pay an extra cost.  Sometimes it is difficult to get a charging place and electric power during the busy trekking season, especially in higher places.  So we recommend you to bring your own power bank to charge your mobile and camera for the trekking in himalayas. 

Yes, you should bring advisable and basic medicines for the Nepal trek including Manaslu Circuit trek because the remote of the trekking routes where there is not a medical facility. 
If you have any allergies, it is important to ask with a healthcare or medicine specialist to consult about your detailed needs. They can advise you to take basic medicine depending on your health and trekking altitude. 


 

High Altitude Sickness is also known as Acute Mountain Sickness. It is a common anxiety during the trekking to higher altitude. It is not possible to completely remove the risk of altitude sickness but you can follow these below rules for prevention. There is less chance to get altitude sickness during the Manaslu Circuit Trek. 
Follow these rules for prevention: 
-Drink plenty of water
-Climb slowly
-Take it easy
-Do not drink alcohol
-Eat regular meals that are high in carbohydrates
-Sleep lower elevation 
-Take a medication (Diamox or Acetazolamide) according to doctor 


 

The weight of luggage to the porter is limited and it is normally set by the Government of Nepal, local authorities and trekking associations of Nepal.  Local porters can carry more than 50 kg but the maximum luggage weight for the trekking porter is 25-30 kg during the Nepal trekking including Manaslu Circuit Trek. 

Yes, all trekkers need permits to do a Manaslu Circuit Trek because the route is a restricted area as per the rule and regulations of the Nepal Government. Trekking trail leads up through the Manaslu Conservation area Project (MCAP) and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). So you have to need both conservation permits  and special restricted permits for the Manaslu Circuit trek.

Yes, you need to carry your own bottle for drinking water during the Manaslu Circuit. If you fill up a water bottle from  a natural spring or water tap, it will be cheaper. The bottle water cost rises up, if you go higher.  The cost is 100 to 500 Nepali rupees per bottle. Thats why, we recommend you to bring your own bottle to refill and use the water purification tablets or drops for drinking water during the Manaslu Circuit Trek. 

Guide and porter will expect the tipping and they appreciate it after receiving it.  Porter and guides are part of the hero to successfully complete the trek and your tipping is a compulsory to appreciate their service to you during the Short Manaslu Circuit Trek. 

Traveller Useful Information

Getting There: Nepal 

Between China's Tibet Autonomous Region and India, Nepal is a landlocked Himalayan nation. It has eight of the top ten mountains in the world, including Mount Everest. There are numerous points from China and India where one can enter Nepal by land. Tourist visas for Nepal are available on arrival at all Indian and Chinese borders if you are traveling there by land. There are numerous foreign airlines providing nonstop connecting flights to Nepal if you're arriving by air. Nepal Airlines, Turkish Air, Thai Airways, Gulf Air, Qatar Air, Jet Airways, Air India, Biman Bangladesh, Lufthansa, Oman Air, Travel Dubai, Air Arabia, and Air China are a few of the well-known airlines that fly to Nepal. From China or India, one can also go overland. Please check your flight and get in touch with us before arriving in Nepal. At the airport in Nepal, you can easily obtain a on arrival visa.

Visa and passport information

Except for Indian passport holders, all foreign visitors to Nepal need a visa; however, you must have a passport with a six-month validity date in order to apply for a tourist visa. At the Tribhuvan International Airport and the Chinese-Indian border in Tibet, visas are available on arrival. To apply for a visa to enter Nepal, you must have a color photograph in PP size. Please click this link for more details about Visa Information. 

Money exchange rate and prices

If you're seeking for the best foreign exchange rates and locations in Nepal, you may easily exchange the majority of your foreign currency at a local bank or authorized money exchange facility in a well-known tourist destination. The Nepal Rastra Bank controls all exchange rates (Center Bank of Nepal). You can exchange small amounts of money at the hotel if you want to. Because our banks will not take dirty or old notes, kindly bring clean and fresh notes.

In order to avoid the time-consuming processes associated with cards and traveler's checks, Nepalese people typically prefer cash in hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, and other locations. You can use an ATM to get cash (in Nepali Rupees) if you have a credit or debit card. In the main tourist city, there are a number of ATM counters with 24-hour service. If you use a card, the maximum withdrawal amount is between 30,000 and 35,000 rupees at once, plus a processing fee of 500 rupees. 

You must convert your money in Kathmandu or Pokhara before the hike because the majority of trekking routes do not offer a facility for international currency exchange. Additionally, inquire about the amount of money required for a Himalayan trek from your trekking operator or guide.

Safety and security

When traveling in Nepal, safety and security are crucial issues to consider both on the way to in and out. We are here for you at all times, and we promise to provide the greatest service to all of our cherished clients. Our guides have extensive training in the field of trekking and broad understanding of first aid items. Because it rises more than 4000 m above sea level, it is essential for hiking in Nepal. Because health is crucial, if a trekker becomes ill from the high altitude, our knowledgeable guide discusses the necessary medications and decides to continue the trek while organizing the emergency rescue.

You must be cautious when hiking trails pass one other because they are not wide enough to do so. During the busiest trekking season, there are lots of porters, yaks, mules, and Jokpe along the trail. You must stay on the safe side if you encounter them on a bridge or in a confined space because otherwise they may force you over the edge.

Safe drinking water

For a healthy body while traveling and staying hydrated, clean water is essential. It will be the most effective method of completing the Himalayan journey. If not, getting sick and having diarrhea is simple. Almost everywhere during the Nepalese tea house trip, but not during the camping trek, sells bottled water. Unfortunately, bottled water is very pricey. 

Please bring good water bottles (for boiling water) and water purification tablets or water filter bottles since plastic bottles are detrimental for the environment. Reusable water bottles are a good idea because they help keep the mountain clean. If you are concerned about finding a typical water tap to fill up your bottles in the trekking region of Nepal, they are very simple to locate. It can be found in rivers, streams, and lodges.

Travel insurance and insurance policy

Nepal hiking tours: The difficulty levels of the Himalayas range from easy to tough. As a result of the Himalayan climate changing, there is a risk of high altitude and potential mishap. 

Trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas demands practical trekking abilities at high altitudes (above 4,000 meters), so travel insurance is essential. If an accident occurs during a trip and requires medical attention or evacuation, the cost of returning to a city and receiving treatment may be significant. Therefore, you must ensure that your insurance covers the price of an air ambulance, medical care, and any risks associated with travel, such as delayed flights and lost, stolen, damaged, or missing baggage. Your complete itinerary while visiting Nepal should be covered by your insurance policy. Make sure your insurance policy covers hikes higher than 5,500 meters. If not, you will be responsible for all unforeseen costs associated with your trek through Nepal. 

All trekkers must send a copy of their certificate from their comprehensive travel insurance policy to High Pass Adventure as part of the booking process for trekking and climbing in Nepal.

High altitude sickness information

Mountain sickness is another name for high altitude sickness. You must be aware of high altitude sickness symptoms since they arise rapidly if you hike or ascend to a higher elevation. Here are some details if you're curious as to why it occurs. The air pressure is the main cause of altitude sickness. Your body needs time to adapt to the shift in air pressure when you travel to higher elevations since the air pressure decreases and there is less oxygen present. According to doctors, If you are at sea level, it begins at 8,000 feet (2400 meters).

1) Types 

There are three types of altitude sickness:

  • Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS): it is very common and symptoms feel like a tiredness, dizzy, headache, thirsty, muscle aches, nausea 
  • High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE): it is effect in the lungs, which can be very dangerous and hard to do life threatening
  • High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE): it is effective in the brain and most difficult to treat and you need to go to hospital attention the right way. 

2) Cause 

Following are the causes of high altitude sickness:

Generally living near sea level and travel to a high elevation 

  • Had the sickness before
  • Climbing quickly
  • Not being acclimatized to the altitude
  • Drinking alcohol when you ascend 
  • Medical problems of heart, nervous or lungs 

3) Symptoms

These symptoms will appear depending on your speed to climb and how hard you push. Symptoms range from normal to serious. They can affect the nervous system, lungs, muscles, and heart.

Here are symptoms of High Altitude Sickness:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dizziness 
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid Pulse (Heart Rate)
  • Short breath with action
  • Blue color of skin or gray soft skin 
  • Chest tightness or blocking
  • Confusion
  • Dry cough or coughing with blood
  • Cannot walk in a straight line 

4) Prevention 

Important keys to preventing of High Altitude Sickness are:

  • Climb the mountain gradually. 
  • Stop every 2,000 feet (600 meters) of climb above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) and one or two nights sleep there.
  • Sleep at a lower altitude when possible.
  • Make sure that you have the ability to quickly descend if needed.
  • Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness.
  • If you plan on climbing quickly, or climbing to a high altitude, ask your provider about medicines that may help.
  • If you are at risk for a low red blood cell count (anemia), ask your provider if your planned trip is safe. Also ask if an iron supplement is right for you. Anemia lowers the amount of oxygen in your blood. This makes you more likely to have mountain sickness.

5) While climbing, you should follow these rules:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Climb slowly.
  • Take it easy
  • Do not drink alcohol.
  • Eat regular meals that are high in carbohydrates.
  • Sleep lower elevation 
  • Take a medication (diomax) according to doctor 

Information on Manaslu Conservation Area Project

Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) is a protected area of Nepal and is located in the north center of Nepal it covers 1663 square Km in the Mansiri Himalayan range in the Gorkha District.  It has established in 2055 B.S. (1998 A.D.). It is bounded by the Tibet border in the north and east, the Budi Gandaki River in the south, and the Annapurna Conservation area is the west border. The area took in mountains, glaciers, water sources, and forest in an elevation from 1400 m to 8,156 at the mount Manaslu 

This project was initiated by National Trust for Nature Conservation (the king Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation) a non-government organization and donated by many international trusts. Nowadays, this project is conserved by National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) and the local people community from the local area. 

This conservation is worthy of flora and fauna because this conservation is home to 33 species of mammals including Barking Deer, Musk Deer, Snow Leopard, Leopard, Blue Sheep, Himalayan Thar, and Black Beers as well as over 100 species of birds, three species of reptiles, four species of frogs and over 1500 to 2000 species of flower and plant. 

How to get to the Manaslu Region?

If you are wondering to get into the Manaslu region from Kathmandu, there is little information to enter the Manaslu Region. Gorkha Bazaar and Arughat is the starting point to enter the region. There is easily accessible from Kathmandu by public bus or private vehicles. It is in North West part and about 140 km far from Kathmandu. It takes approximately 6-7 hours by vehicles to reach out there. Even though Trekking Itineraries are always flexible because there are many starting and ending places, it may take a little more or less than that.  The road condition is quite smooth with the blacktop covered until Taribesi. There was a rough road between Dhading Besi to Taribesi. From Tari Besi to Arughat road is still rough. That section would be tough during the rainy season. Manaslu Region Trekking is not allowed to do individually, it means you have to book with a registered trekking company in Kathmandu. So, the trekking company arranges your private jeep or public bus depending on your trekking package services

Manaslu Region Trekking Permits

Manaslu Region is situated in Manaslu Conversation Area. It is opened for trekking in 1991 A.D. and remote sector with simple accommodation. Manaslu Region is a protected area by Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) and the government of Nepal controls all trekking activities. So you will need permission to trek in this region. 

Manaslu Region is also a restricted trekking destination in Nepal. The permit cost of Manaslu region trekking depends on the number of days and months as well as you will need different kinds of permits issued by the Government of Nepal. 

Manaslu Restricted Permits

Manaslu Circuit Trek permit cost:  USD 100 for the first seven days and an additional USD 15 each day from September to November. 

Manaslu Circuit Trek permit cost:  USD 75 for the first seven days and an additional USD 10 each day from December to August. 

Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) entrance fees

SAARC Nationals' entry fee is 200 Nepali Rupees per person and per person 3000 Nepali Rupees for others Nationals.

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entrance fee for the Manaslu Circuit Trek is: 

SAARC Nationals' entry fee is 200 Nepali Rupees per person and per person 3000 Nepali Rupees for others Nationals.

Tsum Valley Trekking Permit 

Tsum Valley Trek Permits cost USD 40 first seven days and an additional USD 7 each day from September to November.

Tsum Valley Trek Permits cost USD 30 first seven days and an additional USD 7 each day from December to August. 

All of these permits are compulsory for your trek to Manaslu Region and your Trekking agency helps to issue all trekking permits. 

Food and Accommodation in Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Region is getting more popularity day by day similar to Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang Trekking but still a remote and rural area which makes the costs of goods more expensive than other areas. There are basic and limited accommodations and restaurants along the trekking trail but every year increasing new houses and add rooms for trekkers. Food and accommodation price are increases if you go higher and the food and accommodation in the Manaslu region are expensive due to transportation but still cheaper than in the Everest region. 

Normally, lodges have basic private rooms (2 beds in one room) for customers with sharing an indoor bathroom. Every lodge has a food menu and food items are almost the same. We strongly recommended the typical Nepali dish “Dal-Bhat” (boiled rice, vegetable, lentil soup) but if you like, you can choose other food from the food menu.  Most of the lodges produced fresh Vegetables in their garden and serve them to customers. Basically, the cooks are trained but the food taste might be a bit different than western. Meat is not fresh in the mountain area so you have tried to be vegetarian during the Manaslu region trekking. 

You can buy all types of drinks in every lodge but the prices go high as you go higher. You can drink normal water using purification tablets. Avoid alcoholic drinks when you go higher.  

Best Season for Manaslu Circuit Trek 

There are two main trekking seasons for Manaslu Region. Autumn trekking season (September to December) and spring trekking season (March to May) are the best trekking seasons. Even though, the beginning of September to the end of May are very good times for the Annapurna base camp Trek. The weather is perfectly sunny and warm with wonderful mountain views clean air and no rain and snow compare with other trekking seasons. 

If you want and wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature and culture, you can do this trip during the winter (January and February) also could be an option.  The temperature during winter could be a little bit cold for most trekkers but the visibility is not bad there is a high risk to do the Manaslu Circuit during the winter season due to a lot of snow on Larke (5160 m) top.  The summer season (June to August) is rainy but the best time for nature lovers. That is why; you can choose your best season for Manaslu Region Trekking depending on your Vacations.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty 

Manaslu Region Trekking is a moderate difficulty fit-level adventure trekking route in Nepal. There are one of the popular adventure high passes called Larkey Pass. This is 5106m in height. In the winter season, it is very difficult to cross this Larke pass due to a lot of snow. This trekking requires good physical condition health and one has to be able to walk 6-8 hours a day. If comparing the Manaslu Trekking route with other trekking routes, it is not difficult.

Furthermore, if you have no previous trekking experience, it will be a difficult level of trekking but not as tough if you have already trekking experience before this trip. Manaslu Region is a remote and less traveled trek compared with Annapurna Region and Everest region Trekking. 

Communication in the Manaslu Region 

Manaslu region is getting a popular trekking destination In Nepal. There are good mobile network services around Manaslu Circuit trekking area but not a few places.  The internet service will be available whole Region but tea houses and lodges provide the internet at some extra charge. If you do have not a Nepali SIM card for communication with your family and do not use the internet service, our guide helpful to you in passing the massage because always our guide has a cellular phone and he contacts to Kathmandu trekking office about to know the trek and your health condition as well as we help any kinds of problem during the trek.

Hence, traveling is an important thing in life so we make sure you about safe and healthy during the trekking in Nepal. Nowadays, you can get the local SIM card in Kathmandu airport after arrival to use the 3g and 4g internet service because most of the trekking routes in Nepal have Mobile Network service. If you need Nepali SIM, we can provide it to you for your trekking but you have to tell us before leaving the trekking. 

Acclimatization

High altitude sickness is a common problem in the high Himalayan area when you go at a higher elevation. It appears very quickly but symptoms are preventable. If you have previous high-altitude trekking experience, it might be best but if not trek above three thousand meters high you need to the prevention of high-altitude sickness.  You need an extra suitable acclimatization day to complete the trip Walk slowly, drink plenty of water, don’t drink alcohol, go higher and sleep at low elevations as well as spend 2 nights every 500 meters above 3500 meters heights are preventing altitude sickness during the trekking in Nepal.   All our trekking itineraries are flexible with acclimatization days and first priority for your health and safety is to complete the trek without any problem.  We provide you with basic medicine to support emergency rescue if the situation gets worse. 

Hence, every day you have inform to your Guide or Leader about your health condition and he will respond to decide whether and your overall health condition to continue the trip or return back. 

Tipping information 

The Guide, porter, driver, and all workers who are working in the tourism field, they except some tips during your Tour Trekking and other activities in Nepal. Tipping is the judgment of workers by travelers and workers offer tips end of the trek. Travelers tips 10% of their payable amount but you can give it to them depending on their services. 

Hence, it is important to the High Pass Adventure working team who take care of you all the time during your visit to Nepal, are motivated you with outstanding service, and offer an inspiring trip-in-a-lifetime experience.  

Trip extension 

If you have extra time after completing the trek, you can do different activities or different short treks in Nepal. We have many short tour packages and adventure activities such as Chitwan National park and Bardiya National Park for Jungle safari tours. You can visit Pokhara city, Nagarkot Hiking, and Dhampus on hiking or day Rafting trips in the Trisuli River. 

Adventure activities are paragliding, canoeing, Ultra light flight, Bungee Jump, and Mountain Biking. All packages are extra activities as optional tours and are not included in your package cost. If you will do these activities after the trip with us, we arrange them at a reasonable cost and we give you a good discount. 

Trekking Gear List 

Travel equipment is necessary to pack before you travel.  We hope it is too much to carry from your home to other countries but some are the necessary equipment can be hired or bought in Kathmandu around Thamel. 

These general equipment are for all seasons while trekking in Nepal, but may be different as per the different seasons and duration of trekking routes on your chosen trip.

Documents:

  • Passport and 4 passport-size photos 
  • Travel insurance details (in case an emergency evacuation, if needed)
  • Boarding passes for flights
  • Driver’s license (if needed)
  • Cash USD
  • Credit/Debit Card (Ensure you have $500 on your card in case an emergency helicopter evacuation is needed)

Sleeping:

  • Sleeping bag (Comfort rating -15 Celsius recommended)
  • Sleeping bag liner (Optional)

Footwear:

  • Trekking boots: one pair of lightweight
  • Sandals for city and tea house footwear 
  • Shoes for the plane and tea houses (Optional)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks

Clothing for the body: 

Please make sure that you have non-cotton clothing for trekking.

  • Base-layer t-shirts (e.g. running t-shirts)
  • Fleece/Windproof jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket for warmth
  • Travel clothes and City Wear
  • Underwear
  • Base-layer trousers (optional)
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Trekking trousers
  • Trekking shorts (Optional)
  • Gloves and wool hat
  • bandanna or scarf 

Health Requirements (Basic First Aid Kit)

  • First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band-Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium, or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu

Others: 

  • Sunglasses and Sun cream 
  • Towel
  • Book (reading and writing materials)
  • MP-3 /Music, headphones, and ear plug (who knows some people in the group are snoring) as optional.
  • Travel wash
  • Hand sanitizer, wet wipes
  • A day bag: 35 liters
  • A duffel or rucksack with straps to go over your back (Max 12 kg of weight for porters to carry)
  • Dry Liner or Dry Bag
  • Water bottle/thermos/ camel bag: At least 2 L. Nalgene bottles best.

General Toiletries

  •  Toilet papers/ tissue 
  • Contact lenses, Glasses (if needed)
  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soaps (preferably biodegradable)
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • On Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash

Others (optional) 

  • Trekking Poles 
  • Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside your kit/duffel bag
  • Travel games i.e. chess, backgammon, and scrabble. (for luxuries) 
  • Binoculars (for luxuries)
  • Trail Map/Guide book (if you are alone)

Client Reviews

Davide

Davide

Italy

Wonderfully Organize 14-days Trek Around Manaslu

15th June, 2023

Purna was impeccable: he organized everything for us end-to-end, as result our trek was perfect.

Not only that, but he also borrowed us some of his personal gear (windbreaker and blankets) because ours were not adapted for the trek. He actually saved me from a rather chilly night at Larke Phedi!

Of course the trek itself contributed a lot to the wonderful experience: Manaslu is a jewel to witness, wilder and more challenging than Everest Base Camp. I could not suggest it enough!

Giuseep Enzo Molducci

Giuseep Enzo Molducci

The Netherlands

Manaslu Circuit Trek 10 Days

18th November, 2023

I’ve had a great trekking experience with my guide Purna and porter Gita. Could not have wished for a better experience. Our guide knew everything about the flora, fauna and people in the Manaslu area, so we learned a lot during the trek. I would definitely recommend anyone looking for a guide to book it at this (High Pass Adventure) company.


 

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